Carolyn Barnes

Lecturer in Sociocultural Anthropology
PHD, Washington University in St. Louis
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    • St. Louis MO 63130
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    Carolyn Barnes is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses in the Global Health and Environment track.

    Barnes' scholarship draws on multispecies ethnography, agrarian studies, medical anthropology, and science and technology studies to broadly examine how the dynamics of culture and capitalism converge to shape—and at times undermine—entangled human, animal, and environmental lives. As a lens into these processes, her ethnographic research and writing specifically examine the world of Thoroughbred horseracing in central Kentucky, where she was born and raised. 


    Peer-Reviewed Articles

    “‘Puttin’ Eyes on a Horse’: Horsemanship Attunements and the Merry-go-round of Thoroughbred Racing in Kentucky.”  In Press.  Anthropological Quarterly.

    Longform Book Review Essay

    With Peter Benson.  2020.  “Larger than Life, with Promises and Dangers Looming.  On Alex Blanchette’s Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and The Factory Farm.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.”  Anthropological Quarterly 93.



    Anthro 138: First Year Seminar: Anthropological Perspectives on COVID-19

    Anthro 160: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    Anthro 3869: Sports, Health, and Society

    Anthro 3875: Pharmaceutical Personhood

    Anthro 3880: Multispecies Worlds: Animals, Global Health, and Environment